On Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Oliver asked how Hollywood whitewashing (i.e., when, in a movie, rather than hiring an actor who actually fits the ethnicity of the character portrayed, white actor is used) is still a thing.
"One of the reasons for this might be that even when there are roles for non-white actors, they sometimes still get played by white people."
"When Hollywood needed actors to play Egyptians in Exodus: Gods and Kings, it knew just what to do!"
"This is nothing new. White actors have taken roles designed for every ethnicity throughout Hollywood history."
"From John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror..."
"...To the non-Puerto Rican Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story..."
"...To the multiple instances of white actors playing Asian characters."
"Movies about minorities will still put white people in the foreground... How are we supposed to believe that Tom Cruise is The Last Samurai?"
*Sigh* Well, will we at least get to see Idris Elba as the next James Bond?
Nope! The author of those Bond novels said Elba is too "street."
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